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I would love to believe I'm a courteous, thoughtful person who does a decent job at keeping track of her personal habits and manners in public, but after reading The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, I realized I'm more guilty of manner-infractions than I had realized.  In her most recent publication, Ms. Hohlbaum attempts to help get the modern population back in tune with public etiquette, while taking into account all the aspects of modernity that make this a challenge.  To give you a preview of the book, here are some of the things she has to say about monitoring your mobile accessibility.

It's become all-too common practice to answer texts and phone calls in public, while out with friends, or even on a date.  Most people would probably admit they feel naked in public without their cell phone in immediate reach, but the truth is, not every phone call, or text (or email these days) needs an immediate response.  And if you are expecting an important call or email, don't make conflicting plans that would have to be interrupted.  

For those times you're just out with your best girlfriends and you don't think picking up your phone would rub anyone the wrong way, you should still ask if it would be all right to take the call.  The little things are what count when it comes to good manners.

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      Hbrose wrote Feb 27, 2010
    • I absolutely agree we should all be more cognizant with our cell phone activity when we‘re out and about with other people. I try very hard to keep myself cell in check especially if I’m out dining with friends or family. I’ll make sure to put it on vibrate for one, so as not to disturb others around me in the restaurant (or wherever) if it rings. And if I do feel a vibrate I am not quick to rummage through my purse to take it out and answer it.  But later when its appropriate to take a break from conversation with my group, I excuse myself to just quick check the call I missed only to see if its my son (or school), husband or mom.  If it is I’ll excuse myself to check their voicemail (in case its an emergency).  Otherwise I will not take a call or listen to voicemail just to see who it was and what they wanted (that can wait until I’m done with lunch/dinner).



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      Timbuktu wrote Feb 27, 2010
    • I wouldn’t dream of answering my mobile unless I excuse myself, in front of friends, and I certainly wouldn’t go to a friend’s house and proceed to make calls to other friends as one of my acquaintances did. (Note I didn’t call him a friend!)
      I haven’t bought into this culture of being available at all times to people via my mobile. I keep it on if necessary and I am expecting an important call when I’m out and about or if I’m going to meet a friend, in case they need to call, but otherwise people call me on my landline and leave a message. Nothing is so important it can’t wait.  

      Timbuktu



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      Yana Berlin wrote Feb 28, 2010
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